Crookston defeated East Grand Forks 4-3 and Fergus Falls 6-1.
Crookston trailed 3-1 against East Grand Forks and needed to win all three remaining matches to win the team match. They did just that and carried the momentum over against Fergus Falls where they won 6-1 to sweep the triangular.
“It was really good mentally all around,” Head Coach Cody Brekken said. “Every team was positive today and I swear that makes a difference. It’s important to push through those down times and get back up.”
Only Logan Schultz came out of the singles matches with a win as he took the fourth singles match 1-6, 6-4, 10-8 in a tiebreaker.
Blake Fee and Logan Wardner paired up in first doubles where they won in two sets 6-0, 6-3. Fee and Wardner’s win served as the only Pirate win in the match that did not require a tiebreaker.
Tanner Janorshcke and Brandon Boetcher played together for the first time in second doubles. After winning the first set 6-3, they lost 4-6 and won the tiebreaker 10-7.
“I had Tanner and Brandon matched up in two doubles and they had never been partners this year,” Brekken said. “They went through a battle, stayed positive throughout and pulled through.”
With the team score tied 3-3, the third doubles team of Dilon Owens and Evan Christianson were playing in a third-set tiebreaker. The duo lost the first set 5-7 and won the second set 6-1 to force the tiebreaker. Up 7-5, Owens and Christianson outscored their opponents 3-1 to win 10-6 and take the match.
According to Brekken, he tries to keep the team score under wraps, but says Owens and Christianson were well aware of the situation.
“Some of the athletes ask and wonder how the team is doing, but I kind of like to keep it a secret and let them play out,” Brekken said. “By the time three doubles was wrapping up, they knew it was 3-3 and they needed to win theirs to win the match.”
Brekken made a few changes in the lineup to play Fergus Falls. Wardner moved to second singles where he won 6-1, 6-0, Tanner Janorschke won third singles 6-1, 6-3, Fee and Jack Garmen teamed up for a 5-7, 6-4, 12-10 first doubles win and Brandon Boetcher and Robert Janorschke won second doubles 7-5, 6-3.
Nick Garmen stayed at first singles and made quick work of his opponent winning 6-0, 6-0. Owens and Christianson won Crookston’s sixth match in third doubles 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 as the Pirates finished off Fergus Falls 6-1.
The two wins improve Crookston’s record to 6-14. The Pirates will play one more dual before the section team tournament when they head to East Grand Forks to take on Moorhead on Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m.